Brazil’s far-right President Jair Bolsonaro is launching a tirade at Sergio Moro, his former justice minister. He said that the potential opposition presidential candidate “has no idea” what it means being president.
Bolsonaro’s remarks on Thursday came a day after the centre right Liberal Party (PL), announced that the president, who has not been represented by a political party since 2019, would be joining its ranks in advance of next year’s elections.
Bolsonaro must join a party in order to be re-elected in the October 2022 elections. He is expected to face stiff competition from Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva , a former left-wing President – although Lula has not yet officially announced his candidacy.
Former federal judge Moro rose to fame as the leader of a wide-ranging corruption investigation that landed a number of powerful businessmen and politicians in jail, including Lula. He re-entered politics on Wednesday. Moro has joined the Podemos Party and is a unifying centrist.
Bolsonaro, a Brasilian presidential palace occupant on Thursday, asked his supporters: “Did he like his speech yesterday?”
“The guy was reading. He used to be my minister. He didn’t learn anything. Bolsonaro said that he had been in the job for one year and four months and still doesn’t know what it is to be president or a minister.”
Far-right leader is under increasing pressure to answer for the handling of the coronavirus virus pandemic and criticisms for alleged participation in corruption. These accusations he denies.
In Brazil, mass protests have been held in recent months. Protesters are calling for Bolsonaro’s resignation. According to a Johns Hopkins University count, the South American nation has seen more than 610,000 deaths from COVID-19 and 21.9 million cases.
Recently, the Brazilian president also had cast doubt on the country’s electoral process by claiming that electronic voting is susceptible to fraud and without providing any evidence to support his claims. This contradicts the opinions of judicial experts.
Critics claim Bolsonaro is using the fraud claims to try to influence next year’s election results. This strategy was used in the United States by Donald Trump, an ex-President. The Brazilian leader has long been praised.
According to opinion polls, Bolsonaro is well behind Lula in the race for next year’s election. His popularity has fallen to 22 percent due to the corruption allegations and slow economic recovery.
A Senate committee investigating the government’s handling the pandemic passed a report in October. It calls for Bolsonaro’s indictment for nine crimes relating to the COVID-19 crisis, which occurred in Brazil.
In his nearly three decades of political service, the 66-year old leader has been through eight parties. He won the presidency in 2018 with Social Liberal Party (PSL)
After a power struggle with the party’s leadership, Bolsonaro quit the party in November 2019. Bolsonaro then attempted to create his own party, the Alliance for Brazil. However, he was unable to get the signatures and other requirements required to register it.